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Originally posted by switching yard
Update from Scotland...
I may take ecoparity's advice and seek a PPV vaccine against pneumonia. I wonder if Walgreen's will dispense it without a physician's directive or prescription? Seems like a prudent thing to do these days before they run out.
The Influenza (A)H1N1 virus continued to rise on May 14 with 6,497 confirmed cases worldwide – an alarming 25,888 percent increase since the World Health Organization (WHO) first reported about the outbreak 20 days ago on April 24.
Originally posted by fleabit
I don't think it spreading is a huge deal honestly. All flus do this. Every year or two, we see a nasty one go through, and either half the kids or more all come down with it, or half the office comes down with it. That's what flus do, no different than this one. A guy with it hoping a plane to NYC will give it to people there, it spreads, etc. It's the same thing. I don't know why they say this one is so much more virulent. The #'s are TINY so far. 3k cases? 10k? 100k? That's nothing. That sounds like a normal flu to me.
The only nasty bit is the mutating part, and from what the experts say (like the guy who discovered / found how to combat SARS), said the chance of this mutating into something deadly is 'extremely low.' Not impossible mind you, but just very unlikely.
So it's no wonder that media and such are bored with this story. Blackout? More along the lines of 'this story has no legs, drop it already.'
And how many people on this board who supposedly have it, have actually been tested positive? How many people do you know that are actually sick? I don't know a single one. Flu season is past, and as they say, if someone comes down with flu-like symptoms, there is a fine chance it is this. Well, I know 0 people that have it. I haven't talked with a single person in our other offices that has it, or their offices for that matter. I don't think it's 'everywhere' or widespread. The #'s are low, and this seems to be true from what I've seen so far.
This could end up being more serious obviously, I really hope it does not. I don't expect it will, either. I think people shouldn't panic as much as they are.
This virus can live on objects up to 36 hours........(This was stressed to me....)